Google's recent overhaul of its search results page has not gone down well with V3.co.uk readers, despite the web giant's insistence that users will grow used to it over time.
The company explained last week that it had introduced the changes in an effort to meet "the rising expectations for search" from users who are increasingly web-savvy.
However, several V3.co.uk readers described the changes as a step backwards. William George said that he found the new design "irritating and annoying", and that Google had lost sight of what had made its search engine so popular.
"The biggest advantage of Google was its simplicity. You just got what you wanted. Just like Microsoft Windows, Google have decided to pre-judge and decide for you," he wrote.
A reader known as Coronus, meanwhile, argued that the new design had not improved the search results page at all, and had in fact made things worse.
"This doesn't streamline anything. It clutters, gets in the way, and distracts. Not only that, but it does not include anything that helps me find what I'm looking for that is not already available through the classic interface," Coronus wrote.
And V3.co.uk reader John Sutherland said that Google had made the changes to suit its advertisers, not its users.
"Google should learn not to try and drive search technology to suit themselves or their advertisers. The have lost sight of the original need for a search engine," he wrote.
However, the web giant has defended the changes, saying that the refinements will make it easier to access search tools.
"We spent a lot of time testing this new design with millions of searchers worldwide and we found that, while some didn't like it at first, over time they grew used to it and they found information faster," said a Google spokesperson.
"We actually ran one of our largest experiments for this launch, previewing the enhanced results page for millions of users in more than 20 different languages worldwide."
Google users who remain unconvinced by the new design can visit the old version where results are still displayed in the original way, at least for the time being.
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